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Living in a Landscape of Scarcity: Materiality and Cosmology in West Africa - UCL Institute of Archaeology Publications (Hardback)
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Living in a Landscape of Scarcity: Materiality and Cosmology in West Africa - UCL Institute of Archaeology Publications (Hardback)

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Hardback 257 Pages / Published: 15/10/2014
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In her close ethnography of a Dogon village of Mali, Laurence Douny shows how a microcosmology develops from people's embodied daily and ritual practice in a landscape of scarcity. Viewed through the lens of containment practice, she describes how they cope with the shortage of material items central to their lives-water, earth, and millet. Douny's study is an important addition to ecological anthropology, to the study of West African cultures, to the understanding of material culture, and to anthropological theory.

Publisher: Left Coast Press Inc
ISBN: 9781611328912
Number of pages: 257
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


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Douny (Univ. College London) examines the everyday practices that sustain Dogon women and men living in Tireli, a village located in the Bandiagara escarpment area of Mali. Though there is an extensive anthropological literature on the Dogon, the material ways that villagers manage to survive and even thrive in a landscape of scarcity is less well known. The author begins by considering the wider landscape and associated earth shrines, then analyzes successively smaller spaces villages, compounds, millet granaries, and human bodies that exemplify the concept of containment as a metaphor for Dogon social life. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.
E. P. Renne, University of Michigan, Choice Magazine"

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